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Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling

pinenee Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 6:08 PM
I get confused. What is the identity? The Russian Czar authority system came up against the European age of enlightenment. The Czar system refused to yield the social, political, and economic changes, it was around 1800. Nothing the Czar did could prevent the change. The Czar identity and the continuum stopped in 1917. The battle after that was between the democrats and the communist. The democrats lost the battle. The Czar lost the change in from one era to another.
Carl31 Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 7:12 AM
Well said! Decadent systems begin to collapse long before the dramatic "revolutionary events" that fill the history texts. The tsars' chance to reform and modernize was 200 years ago. After Tsar Alexander II (died c. 1885) such reform was less and less likely, and even then it was a long shot. Curious, one great old history professor I had put this question on a test: "Imagine you are Tsar Nicholas I (1840s). What reforms do you enact to prevent the 1917 revolution?'
Earl29 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:18 PM
I'm sorry, I don't speak European.

This week marked the 60th anniversary of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. On March 5, 1953, the Georgia-born tyrant’s nearly three-decade long reign of terror came to an end -- providing momentary solace for all people living behind the Iron Curtain. “Uncle Joe” was no more.

Millions of people in then-Soviet Russia, the Baltic States, and nearby Soviet satellites were killed, tortured, and oppressed under Stalin’s regime.

Members of my family witnessed the wrath of his inhumane policies firsthand. My late maternal grandfather -- a faithful, quiet man -- was imprisoned for 18 months in one of his gulags...